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Glaswegian garage rockers return with splendid new EP. Joe Whyte casts an eye.
Glasgow, as you’ll no doubt know from many of the ramblings of fellow reviewer Gus Ironside and myself, is a hotbed of garage rock goodness at the moment. Weirdly, it always probably has been although the scene is definitely less “underground” than it’s ever been. With The Primevals, James King and The Lone Wolves, Reverse Cowgirls and Lola In Slacks currently making waves, it’s nice to see another band with all the right moves taking their opportunity to shine. Signed to local label Flowers in The Dustbin, The Creeping Ivies have released two well-received albums (Stay Wild and Ghost World) and are due to appear on the forthcoming compilation Your New Favourite Garage Band (out on CD/DL on 26th September).
Led by singer/guitar mangler Becca Murray, The Creeping Ivies are a three-piece who describe themselves as simply a “rock n roll band”. They are most definitely that and more; with a healthy dose of Bo Diddley voodoo and the chutzpah of The Cramps, the band have a raw, feral sound that’s difficult to ignore. All the touchstones are there; The Stooges, B-movie surrealism, Brill Building girl groups but The Ivies take and make a brew very much of their own. The three track EP sees the band (with Ian Duncan on drums and Christy Taylor on bass) develop their trademark swamp rhythms with a dollop of swooning pop classicism. Title track The Witch House has many elements of Tav Falco’s burlesque stomp amongst the delicious garage swing.
With two terrific tracks alongside, (Only The Moon and Bye Bye Baby), the EP is a fantastic slice of sleaze that is aching to be heard. With gigs lined up for much of the year, The Creeping Ivies are sure to be in your neck of the woods soon. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
All words by Joe Whyte. More writing by Joe on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.